Hope for Each Day
   Devotion for Sunday , January 20, 2013
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Hope for Each Day: Morning & Evening Devotions by Billy Graham

For more than 60 years, Billy Graham has touched millions of lives with the gospel; counseled political leaders; and comforted the hurting in times of crisis. Combining his best-selling Hope for Each Day and Wisdom for Each Day, this special morning and evening collection of meditations will give you reasons to trust in times of uncertainty. 755 pages, russet imitation leather from Nelson.Copyright 2012

Morning-Rest for the Weary
Evening-Good Reason

Morning

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest."

Evening

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

- Matthew 11:28; Isaish 53:2 NIV

Morning

Few people know how to rest these days. Even on vacation, many people rush to cram in as much as they can before returning to their jobs, where they spend twice as much energy catching up on the work and mail that piled up in their absence. Many of us need a vacation just to rest from our vacations! Perhaps we have been looking for rest in the wrong places.

Jesus said, "Come to Me...and I will give you rest." Like peace, rest and contentment can be found only in one place, from one source, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus give us the ultimate rest, the confidence we need, to escape the frustration and chaos of the world around us. Rest in Him and don't worry about what lies ahead. Jesus Christ has already taken care of tomorrow.

Evening
It has always been interesting to me that - outside of the hints given in Isaiah 53 - the Bible does not tell us what Jesus looked like, nor were paintings or drawings made of Him during His lifetime. Artists throughout the centuries have tried to imagine what He must have looked like, but the truth is, we don't know.

And I believe there is a very good reason for this: God knew that if we had an accurate portrait of Jesus, we would be tempted to worship it instead of worshiping Jesus Himself. We could lapse into a type of idolatry, and that would be wrong.

But someday we will know what the risen Christ looks like, for someday we will enter into His presence forever. And when we do, the Bible says, "we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2). Then we will share in His resurrection glory, and we will share in His sinless perfection.

Are you ready for this glorious day? You can be, by committing yourself to Christ and opening your heart and life to Him.

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